Workforce Central

Join NAWB President/CEO, Ron Painter, National Association of Workforce Board’s President/CEO, as he interviews public and private sector leaders in workforce development, education, business and economic development on key workforce issues and investment strategies to help America compete globally.

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Episode 53: Transforming The Veteran Services Marketplace

Chris Ford, Founder and CEO of NAVSO (National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations) discusses the challenges that veterans often face when transitioning from military service to civilian employment. Chris also shares why employers should consider veterans for positions within their organizations and how employers can think more broadly about the skill sets that veterans possess and how those skills translate to civilian employment.

 

Chris Ford

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Episode 52: What's Next? Continuing the Conversation About the Future of Work

Futurist Richard Lum returns to the program to discuss the most recent trends and thinking about the future of work, and the potential impact on the workforce system. Discover the disruptive forces that are acting upon the labor market, and the potential impact of those forces on employers and job seekers.

 

Richard Lum

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Episode 51: Getting Men Back To Work

Brent Orrell and Harry Holzer, two of the authors of the report "Getting Men Back To Work" join the program to discuss the problem of unemployment among men, particularly less educated men. They discuss the structural reasons and personal choices that have led to a decline in employment for men, and solutions from the right and left about how to get men back into meaningful and well paid jobs.

 

Brent Orrell and Harry Holzer

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Episode 50: The Rise of Irregular Employment

Wingham Rowan, Director of "Beyond Jobs" and Alison Gerber, Senior Associate from the Annie E. Casey Foundation join the program to discuss the report "Beyond Gig Work: Public Markets For Irregular Employment" and the takeaways from the study. Discover the implications of the gig economy and the opportunities that irregular employment create for the workforce system as a whole.

 

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Wingham Rowan and Alison Gerber

Special Solar September Episode: How The Solar Industry Creates Good Jobs

NAWB and the Solar Training Network are celebrating Solar September to increase awareness of how workforce boards can engage with solar employers and place job seekers into training programs that lead to careers in solar energy. This episode features an interview with Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, as she discusses the work that they are doing to accelerate the adoption of solar energy. You'll discover what workforce boards need to know about the solar industry and how solar energy is helping to create well paying jobs across the United States.

 

Andrea Luecke

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Episode 49: Introduction to Season Three

Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) shares his reflections on the current state of the workforce system and what to expect from season 3 of Workforce Central. Discover the themes that will be explored in upcoming episodes.

Ron Painter

 

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Episode 48: Labor Market Exclusion - Lessons for Workforce Boards

Jerry Paytas, VP of Analytics at Fourth Economy, discusses the challenge of labor market exclusion and the lessons for workforce boards. Discover why full employment has not led to rising incomes for all and what can be done to help those who have been excluded from the labor market to find meaningful work.

 

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Jerry Paytas

Episode 47: Labor Market Challenges and Opportunities

Paul Harrington, Director of The Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University, returns to the program to discuss the opportunities and challenges of full employment in the labor market, as well as the importance of including young people in the labor pool.

Paul Harrington

 

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Episode 46: The Challenge of Full Employment

NAWB President and CEO Ron Painter discusses the challenge of full employment in the US labor market and reveals some upcoming guests who will providing advice and tips regarding what this means for workforce boards as well as possible solutions.

Ron Painter

 

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Episode 45: Building Careers In the Restaurant and Hotel Industries

Wendi Safstrom, the Vice President, Programs and Administration at The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Shelly Weir, Senior Vice President of Career Development at The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF)discuss the work that their foundations are doing respectively to provide labor talent to their industries. This episode was recorded live at The Forum 2017.

 

Wendi Safstrom & Shelly Weir

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Episode 44: The Construction Industry-Workforce Challenges and Opportunities

Recorded live at The Forum 2017, Mike Glavin from Associated Builders and Contractors discusses the labor challenges facing the construction industry. Discover industry trends, as well as the opportunities that exist in the construction industry and the steps that the industry is taking to develop future talent.

 

Mike Glavin

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Episode 43: The Role of Workforce in Economic Development

This episode features an interview with Tom Murphy, a former mayor of Pittsburgh and ULI Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development. Tom discusses the important role that the workforce system plays in economic development, and the efforts that his administration made to rebuild Pittsburgh after the decline of the steel industry.

 

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Tom Murphy

Episode 42: The Forum 2017 - Takeaways and Opportunities

Doug Foresta, producer of Workforce Central, hosts this special follow up episode to the The NAWB Forum 2017. You'll hear from attendees about what they value most about NAWB and some of the challenges that they are facing in their region, and how they are going about solving those challenges.

 

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Doug Foresta

Episode 41: Lessons From An Award Winning Industry Partnership

This episode features an interview with Judy McDonald, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Texas and Jon Gustafson from Lockheed Martin Corporation, as they discuss how they were able to create a successful industry partnership. Judy is the 2017 recipient of the WIOA Trailblazer Award. Discover the key takeaways from this partnership and the lessons for workforce boards across the U.S.

 

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Judy McDonald and Jon Gustafson

Episode 40: Lessons From The Gold Standard Evaluation

Kenneth Fortson, senior economist and associate director for research at Mathametica Policy Research, joins the program to discuss the results from the Gold Standard Evaluation and the takeaways for workforce boards. Discover some of the most surprising findings from the study thus far, and the implications for the workforce system.

 

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Dr. Christopher King

Episode 39: Evaluation and Return on Investment in Workforce

Dr. Christopher King joins Ron Painter to discuss evaluation and return on investment (ROI) in the workforce development system. Dr. King shares what he looks for in an evaluation report and what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to evaluation.

 

Dr. Christopher King

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Episode 38: Ron Painter on Evaluation in Workforce

Ron Painter, CEO of NAWB, discusses the importance of evaluation in workforce, beyond compliance requirements. Ron shares his thoughts about how workforce boards and workforce systems need to be thinking about evaluation and shares how members can access additional resources about evaluation.

 

Ron Painter

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Episode 37: How Workforce Boards Can Engage in Education Policy

Mary Gardner Clagett, Director for National Workforce Policy for Jobs for the Future, joins Ron Painter as a co-host. Discover why workforce boards should care about education policy and how boards can effectively engage in shaping educational policy and programming.

 

Mary Gardner Clagett

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Episode 36: The Future of Workforce In A Jobless Era - Part Two

This episode continues the conversation with Josh Copus, Vice President and COO of NAWB, as he discusses lessons and takeaways from his paper "Proactive Policy Making For A Jobless Era." Josh discusses what workforce boards need to know and keep in mind related to the future of work and jobs.

 

Josh Copus

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Click here to read Josh's paper.

Episode 35: The Future of Workforce In A Jobless Era - Part One

This episode features Josh Copus, Vice President and COO of NAWB, as he discusses lessons and takeaways from his paper "Proactive Policy Making For A Jobless Era." Josh discusses the shift that will need to occur in the workforce system with the shifting nature of work and jobs.

 

Josh Copus

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Click here to read Josh's paper.

Episode 33: Turning Job Seekers into Entrepreneurs

This episode features an interview with Angela Pate, President and CEO of Focused Management Solutions, Inc. and Jamie Grooms, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AxoGen Corporation as they discuss their work with Startup Quest and how it benefits job seekers. Angela and Jamie discuss the outcomes of the program as well as lessons for workforce boards.

 

Angela Pate & Jamie Grooms

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Episode 32: Connecting Talent to the Labor Market- With Phil Blair

Phil Blair, President/CEO of Manpower San Diego, discusses how he identifies areas in the job market that are most in need of talent and how job seekers can give themselves the best opportunity to get the job that they want. Phil also shares his perspective on the current job market and what it means for employers and employees.

Phil Blair

 

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Episode 31: Economic Trends - With Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

This episode features the return of Dr. Jerry Paytas from Fourth Economy Consulting as he discusses the current state of the economy, trends that workforce boards should be aware of, and his thoughts about the impact of the upcoming election on the overall U.S. economy.

Jerry Paytas

 

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Episode 30: What Workforce Boards Need to Know About Dental Therapy

This episode features an interview with Shelly Gehshan of the Gehshan Group as she discusses the emerging field of dental therapy in the US and what workforce boards need to know.

Shelly Gehshan

 

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Episode 29: Congressman George Miller on Workforce and WIOA

This episode features an interview with former U.S. Representative George Miller as he discusses the current state of the workforce system, his thoughts about WIOA, and what needs to change to improve outcomes for American workers and their families.

U.S. Representative George Miller

 

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Episode 28: Futures Thinking in Workforce

This episode features the return of Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses updates in futures thinking in workforce, and what workforce boards need to know.

Dr. Richard Lum

 

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Episode 27: How the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Supports Workforce Development

This episode features an interview with Alice M. Warner, Director of Policy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as she discusses some of the initiatives that the foundation is funding that serve the workforce system. Discover the mission and vision of the Kellogg Foundation, and what workforce professionals and boards need to know when it comes to children's oral health initiatives as well as the emerging profession of dental therapy.

Alice Warner

 

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Episode 26: Introduction to Season Two

In this episode NAWB CEO Ron Painter discusses the themes that will be covered in the 2016-2017 season of Workforce Central, as well as the current challenges and opportunities in workforce.

Ron Painter

 

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Episode 1: Welcome To Workforce Central

This first episode of the new version of Workforce Central features a welcome from Ron Painter, President and CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Discover what this podcast is about and how you can benefit. You'll also learn how you can provide feedback, as well as input as to what topics you'd like to see covered in future episodes.

 

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